Teen sues doctor, hospital for sexual harassment

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BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) – A 15-year-old girl and her father have sued Appalachian Regional Healthcare, saying that the girl and at least 20 others were sexually harassed by a physician in West Virginia.

The Register-Herald reports the lawsuit was filed Monday against Dr. Zouhair Kabbara and the Kentucky-based network that owns Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital, where the father and teen volunteered.

The lawsuit says Kabarra sexually harassed the teen several times and at one point pressed his genitalia against her buttocks. The lawsuit says when the father and daughter alerted officials, they were barred from the volunteer program.

The lawsuit says the hospital knew about multiple harassment allegations but did nothing about it.

ARH spokeswoman Melissa Cornett says Kabarra no longer is an ARH employee. The company declined to comment further on the lawsuit.

A statement was issued by Appalachian Regional Healthcare regarding the suit.

“Dr. Zouhair Kabbara is no longer an employee of ARH or a member of the medical staff at Beckley ARH Hospital. We can confirm that we received the lawsuit on Monday. However, it is our policy not to comment on ongoing litigation, so we have no further comment on the lawsuit or its allegations.”

MELISSA CORNETT, ARH SYSTEM MANAGER OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

Information from: The Register-Herald, http://www.register-herald.com

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